Josef hírek

2011.12.03. 22:04

New election system to give no unfair advantage, says lawmaker

Budapest, December 2 (MTI) - Lajos Kosa, a lawmaker of the ruling Fidesz party, said introducing the election bill in parliament on Friday that the proposal for a single-round mixed election system would not influence the fairness of elections.

Budapest, December 2 (MTI) - Lajos Kosa, a lawmaker of the ruling Fidesz party, said introducing the election bill in parliament on Friday that the proposal for a single-round mixed election system would not influence the fairness of elections.

The bill would cut the number of lawmakers in Hungary s next parliament to 199 from 386, allowing voters to elect 106 lawmakers in individual constituencies and 93 from national party lists, and give Hungarian citizens abroad the vote. It would change the two-round system into a single-round one, with the 5 percent threshold to gain seats in parliament maintained. The bill also calls for redrawing election districts.

 

Kosa said the redistricting is a long overdue answer to discrepancies in the size of districts in terms of population, which the constitutional court had already criticised. He said it would not give unfair advantage to any party as there were no constituencies in Hungary s elections which were firmly held by any one party.

 

Imre Vejkey of the co-ruling Christian-Democrats (KDNP) said that the draft bill was in line with the provisions of democracy and gives an opportunity to other parties than Fidesz-KDNP to gain a majority and to form a government.

 

Monika Lamperth, spokesperson for the main opposition Socialists, said the election law served no other purpose than to cement Fidesz s power and she called for the bill s withdrawal. She said had the proposed new district map been used in the 2010 elections, Fidesz and the Christian Democrats would have secured more than 76 percent of seats in parliament. Fidesz and its ally now hold a two-thirds majority in parliament.

 

The Socialists oppose the idea that citizens with no permanent residence in the country would be given the vote. They however support the single-round system, Zsolt Molnar, another Socialist lawmaker, said.

 

Dora Duro, deputy of the radical nationalist Jobbik party, agreed that the bill was "tailored to suit Fidesz s needs". She called the redistricting plans "serious election rigging and manipulation".

 

Gergely Karacsony, a deputy of the green opposition LMP party, said that the changes would be "a serious step back in terms of the democratic level of the election system" and if adopted, Hungary could "exclude itself from European democracies".

 

As regards redrawing the electoral districts, he said the practice was "an infringement of the principle of proportionality" and would make great favours for Fidesz. He added his party supports keeping the two rounds in the election and would urge the adoption of a quota for women.

 

The Democratic Coalition, a new leftist splinter party led by former prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsany, said its ten lawmakers would boycott the debate by not submitting amendments and not participating in the vote. Istvan Kolber, one of the party s independent deputies, said the boycott was in disapproval of a lack of prior consultation on the bill as well as the unfair advantage Fidesz would gain from its implementation.

 

Hungary s next parliamentary elections are due in 2014.

 

The electoral law, requiring a two-thirds majority, is expected to take effect on January 1, 2012.

 

Parliament debates resumed after less than a three-hour rest on Friday morning, after the opposition parties filibustered government bills, stretching Wednesday s and Thursday s sessions to last 45 hours.

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